Mary's Thanksgiving 3-Pack
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I often bring the wine (funny how that happens) and I like to choose wines that will fit many palates but are still a treat for me.
I always, always start with a bubbly. Then I alternate red and white wine with dinner. Love to start out with the red and end on a glass of white when I'm starting to feel full.
Without further ado...
Domaine Grosbot Barbara Brut 0 2021 (Loire Valley, France)
This is an incredible bone dry (Brut Zero) Champagne method sparkling wine made from Gamay. The fruit is harvested early from a single parcel of vines and the grapes are gently pressed to obtain a Blanc de Noir. The result is a delicious vintage sparkling wine with lots of small tiny bubbles, a tart berry note, minerality, and an elegant texture. I'm drinking mine before dinner with oysters from Monahan's and smoked salmon from Durham's Tracklements, but it will be delicious with a variety of Thanksgiving snacks or the meal itself.
Grochau Cellars Gamay Noir Bjornson Vineyard 2019 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
This Single-Vineyard Gamay comes from Björnson Vineyard in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, one of several family-owned and sustainabl farmed single vineyards that winemaker John Grochau sources fruit from. Think Cru Beaujolais with an American twist --this Gamay has wonderful dark red berry fruit combined with savory-earthy notes, juicy acidity, and a smooth long finish. And, as an added bonus, this Oregon Ducks red (just seeing if you're still reading this) is farmed organically. Go Ducks!
Subbing Gaba do Xil 'O Barreiro' Branco Valdeorras 2022 (Galicia, Spain) for
Voštinić Klasnić Škrlet 2022 (Moslavina, Croatia)
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